N. Eugene house fire sends man to the hospital for inhaling smoke

EUGENE, Ore. -- A homeowner was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation Saturday evening after firefighters arrived to put out a house fire in North Eugene, fire officials said.

Fire crews were called out to the blaze on Linda Ave. around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The four responding engines and water truck brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes, said Eugene-Springfield Fire's Deputy Chief Randy Dewitt.

The homeowner was taken to Sacred Heart at Riverbend with some minor smoke inhalation. He was released later that evening and returned home.

No firefighters were hurt, officials said.

Flames and smoke caused significant damage throughout the house. Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.

Deputy Chief Dewitt said crews were called to the home for a second time early this morning after the homeowner reported another fire in his house. Dewitt said investigators weren't sure if it was a flare-up from the initial fire or another isolated fire.

This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.